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The Resource The dawn prayer : (or how to survive in a secret Syrian terrorist prison), Matthew Schrier

The dawn prayer : (or how to survive in a secret Syrian terrorist prison), Matthew Schrier

Label
The dawn prayer : (or how to survive in a secret Syrian terrorist prison)
Title
The dawn prayer
Title remainder
(or how to survive in a secret Syrian terrorist prison)
Statement of responsibility
Matthew Schrier
Title variation
How to survive in a secret Syrian terrorist prison
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A photographer captured in Syria and imprisoned for seven months recounts his story and how he became the first American ever to escape al-Qaeda. "What is your name?" asked General Mohammad. "Matthew," I said. I had stopped saying Matt a while ago because it means 'dead' in Arabic. On New Year's Eve in 2012, Matthew Schrier was headed home from Syria, where he'd been photographing the intense combat of the country's civil war. Just forty-five minutes from the safety of the Turkish border, he was taken prisoner by the al-Nusra Front, an organization the world would come to know as the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda. Over the next seven months he would endure torture and near starvation in six brutal terrorist prisons. He would face a daily struggle just to survive. And, eventually, he would escape. In this gripping, raw, and surprisingly funny memoir, Schrier details the horrifying and frequently surreal experience of being a slight, wisecracking Jewish guy held captive by the world's most violent Islamic extremists. Managing to keep his heritage a secret, Schrier used humour to develop relationships with his captors--and to keep himself sane during the long months of captivity. The Dawn Prayer (or How to Survive in a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison) is a tale of patriotism and unimaginable bleakness shot through with light, of despair and friendship, sacrifice and betrayal, in a setting of bombed-out buildings and shifting alliances. It's the story of the first Westerner to escape al-Qaeda--not a battle-hardened soldier, but an ordinary New Yorker who figured out how to set his escape plan in motion from a scene in Jurassic Park. From the prisoners' fiercely competitive hacky sack games and volleyball tournaments (played using a ball made of shredded orange peels and a shoelace) to his own truly nail-biting breakout, Matthew Schrier's story is unforgettable--and one you won't want to miss
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Schrier, Matthew
Dewey number
956.91
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Schrier, Matthew
  • Jabhat al-Nuṣrah (Organisation)
  • Autobiographies
  • Photojournalists
  • Escapes
  • Political prisoners
  • Syria
Target audience
adult
Label
The dawn prayer : (or how to survive in a secret Syrian terrorist prison), Matthew Schrier
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "A memoir"--Cover
  • Originally published: 2018
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000065349291
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiii, 297 pages
Isbn
9781948836159
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
be2019019467
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1104150253
Label
The dawn prayer : (or how to survive in a secret Syrian terrorist prison), Matthew Schrier
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "A memoir"--Cover
  • Originally published: 2018
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000065349291
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiii, 297 pages
Isbn
9781948836159
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
be2019019467
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1104150253

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